KPR's 'Retro Cocktail Hour' will celebrate 25 years with concert featuring The Waitiki 7

LAWRENCE – Kansas Public Radio’s “Retro Cocktail Hour” is celebrating 25 years of the program that is “shaken, not stirred.” Join host Darrell Brogdon and KPR staff for a concert featuring the Waitiki 7 at 8 p.m. April 30 at Liberty Hall.

Retro Cocktail Hour 25th anniversary logoThe band will travel all the way from Hawaii, Mexico, Boston and Los Angeles to perform. The concert will feature a number of tunes never performed live in concert, including music by Les Baxter, Martin Denny and Arthur Lyman.

 “Retro Cocktail Hour,” a two-hour-long weekly serving of "incredibly strange music," includes everything from lounge music to tiki tunes to swinging soundtracks from the '60s and '70s. The show has listeners all around the world, from Bosnia to Japan.

General admission tickets are available through Ticketmaster at or via the Liberty Hall box office. Tickets are $30, and a small service charge may be added to the order. The night of the show, tickets will be sold at the door (if available) and can be purchased with cash or a credit card.

Event sponsors are Dr. Stephen Chronister, of Healing Smiles of Topeka; Dave Baldwin and Jill Shelley; Tom Harper, of Stephens Real Estate; and the City of Lawrence.

KPR, a 20-time winner of the KAB’s Station of the Year, licensed to the University of Kansas, broadcasts on 91.5 FM and 96.1 FM (KPR2) in Lawrence, 89.7 FM in Emporia, 91.3 FM in Olsburg-Junction City, 89.9 FM in Atchison, 90.3 FM in Chanute, and 99.5 FM and 97.9 FM (KPR2) in Manhattan. KPR can be heard online at, and KPR2, a news-talk programming stream, which can be heard on an HD receiver or on KPR’s website.

Fri, 04/22/2022


Emily Fisher

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Emily Fisher

Kansas Public Radio